Resting at the foot of the Cederberg mountain range, lies the quaint little town of Clanwilliam, one of South Africa’s oldest towns. The adjacent dam and some adventurous dirt roads into the Cederberg Wilderness Area make the compact town of Clanwilliam a popular weekend resort. Here’s our top picks on what to do in Clanwilliam.
The Cederberg mountain region is the only place in the world where you will get Rooibos. With Clanwilliam as the rooiboscapital you must experience this unique and healthy South African product first-hand. On Route you will find 7 Clans to choose from. Are you interested in the growing and harvesting of Rooibos tea? Then the Cultivation Clan will be your option. Otherwise you can choose amongst Activities, like horseriding, History, Treats, Restaurants with lovely rooibos dishes and the famous Rooibos Teahouse with more than 100 blends/flavours of rooibos tea.
Ramskop Nature Reserve
The Wild Flower Garden in the Ramskop Nature Reserve contains more than 350 species of wild flowers. The beautifully laid-out paths through the garden offer spectacular views over the Clanwilliam Dam and towards the Cederberg mountains. Thousands of visitors frequent the reserve in the months of August and September – wildflower season. Relax and enjoy the scenery with a picnic, while taking in the abundant birds – and other wildlife.
The Clanwilliam Dam
The Clanwilliam Dam is nestled in the unrivalled beauty of the Cedarberg region. This part of the Western Cape has an ethereal beauty quite unlike anywhere else. Red soil, rugged mountain ranges, caves that are adorned with the rock art left by ancient tribes, fruit orchards, and a unique combination of plant and animal species all make it quite special. The Clanwilliam Dam is not only impressive in scale and pretty to look at, though. There are chalets on its banks, as well as awesome braai and picnic spots. Enjoy a day with the family while savouring the breath-taking views; a perfect complement to a hearty South African meal. It is also a hotspot for water sports. Swimming, waterskiing, and stand-up paddling are popular pastimes for regular visitors to the dam
Clanwilliam is a fantastic base for visitors wanting to explore the mountains, the fishing villages and beaches of the West Coast, or the magnificent display put on by the wild flowers of Namaqualand every year.
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